Free flu shots are offered through the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) at Walgreens for people affected with a neuromuscular disease. The flu can cause serious and even life threatening complications to people with Muscular Dystrophy. The flu shot is often the best defense against influenza so again this year the MDA is providing the funds to obtain them at Walgreens.
Please check with your doctor before getting a flu shot if you have any type of neuromuscular disease and if you are on immune suppressant medications. Those particularly at risk have a diagnosis of myasthenia gravis, polymyositis or dermatomyositis. The intranasal form of flu protection is not recommended for anyone with Muscular Dystrophy.
If your insurance does not cover the flu vaccine, the MDA’s Flu Shot Program partnered with Walgreens is providing vouchers for free flu shots. The flu shot voucher is available online or by phone at 1-800-572-1717
The 2010-2011 influenza vaccine will protect against H1N1, as well as the common influenza B virus and an H3N2 virus. So one shot this year will cover you. Thank you to the MDA and to Walgreens for providing flu shots for people with neuromuscular diseases.